Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
— Walter Savage Landor
 

Yolanda F. Johnson has had an outstanding career as a performing artist, as an educator, and as a supporter of the arts.  A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she began studying classical piano at an early age.  Soon after, Yolanda’s vocal talent was discovered when she joined the choir at her late grandfather’s church. Yolanda began her first classical vocal study at age nine and began composing at twelve.

She completed her B.A. in voice performance and graduate studies in voice, and an M.A. in Arts Management.  She then served as the Acting Executive Director of the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music. She also served on the faculty of Tulsa Community College as a Voice and Humanities instructor before relocating to the NYC area.

Yolanda has performed nationally and internationally in several musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on several musical subjects, specifically spirituals as related to the Underground Railroad.  Yolanda made her New York City debut as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and has performed in many venues and with various companies in New York City and the Tri-State area. 

 

She has also portrayed the role of Anita Hill in Ben Yarmolinsky's Clarence and Anita with Underworld Productions Opera Outreach, Noemie in Massenet’s Cendrillon with New York Lyric Opera and Millie in the new opera by Nkeiru Okoye, Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom.

Yolanda is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity and the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Tarrytown and has been a featured presenter at Performing the World International Performing Arts Conference.  In addition to her life as an artist, Yolanda is also a current International Advisory Board member of and the former Representative for the Foundation for Post-Conflict Development to the United Nations and a member of the board of directors of Women in Development, New York.

In recent years, Yolanda appeared in a special recital series, “An Evening of Inspired Song with Yolanda F. Johnson," sponsored in part by Arts Westchester and she is currently performing a special concert series at the Lehman College Art Gallery in New York City. 2018 will see the development of her new children's opera. 

 

Leadership and Board Affiliations:

 

First Baptist Church of Tarrytown

Music Director

 

Foundation for Post Conflict Development

International Advisory Board Member

 

Women in Development, NY

Vice President of Programs, Member of the Board of Directors

 

Lehman College Art Gallery

Board of Directors